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Wilmington students honor classmate killed in plunge

Wilmington Area High's boys basketball game served as a healing center Saturday night for students, faculty and community members grieving the loss of sophomore Shane McQuiston, who died on the way home from a girls basketball game Friday night when the car in which he was riding plunged into Deer Creek. Students wore white as a tribute to their 15-year-old classmate.

Ursuline’s call not unprecedented

By MATTHEW PEASLEE mpeaslee@vindy.com Don’t ask Ursuline football coach Larry Kempe how long it

Crestview falls on controversial call

The stage was set — and wet. The Crestview boys soccer team was poised for a repeat trip to the regional tournament. The Rebels bounced Garfield from districts last year and were ready to do it again.

Harding topples Mooney in thriller

By Matthew Peaslee mpeaslee@vindy.com WARREN Lamar Carmichael took a knee. The Harding

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Youngstown’s Dennis Miller has a full day of interviews, live TV coverage — and some actual practice time

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As a kid, Tyler King looked up to his older brother, Nate. “He was more passionate about swimming than I was,” Tyler said. “I saw how hard he worked and the dedication he put into it. He got me into the sport, originally.


Flashes repeat as state champs

By MATTHEW PEASLEE mpeaslee@vindy.com AKRON It wasn’t improbable, yet it wasn’t necessarily

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Champion rallies from 4-run deficit

Everything was all too familiar for the Champion and Felicity-Franklin softball teams.

Mathews Mustangs make it to final game

Mustangs make it to final game

Flashes break through in 7th

By MATTHEW PEASLEE mpeaslee@vindy.com MASSILLON When Brooke Culler walked to lead off the top

Springfield roughed up, bows out

By MATTHEW PEASLEE mpeaslee@vindy.com LORAIN The date and place were familiar and proverbial.

Athletes have busy day at D-3 track and field meet

By Matthew Peaslee mpeaslee@vindy.com NAVARRE Wyatt Hartman’s hefty slate of events started

State track and field berths up for grabs

Twice in the Division I district track meet at Fitch, a runner from Kenston High won his respective events in come from behind fashion.

Poland girls, Salem boys are second

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NFL: Browns in town

Second-year Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur as anxious for wins as the fans By MATTHEW PEASLEE

Fitch Falcons ride sweep into regional

By matthew Peaslee mpeaslee@vindy.com AUSTINTOWN Billy Price and Jay Jakovina are known to

Behind Shivers’ rallying record, Quakers pleased with opening day at D2 district

The Salem track and field teams wear shirts that say “#JustThatFast.” Taking the hashtag sensation from twitter and putting it on a shirt was the idea of new coach Matt Moffett.

Track/field athletes begin quest for state

BY MATTHEW PEASLEE mpeaslee@vindy.com With a hip injury midway through the season, South Range’s

Records shattered as S. Range, United lead ITCL

By MATTHEW PEASLEE mpeaslee@vindy.com NEW WATERFORD It’s not necessarily the best idea to

Girard tops Liberty in 11

He was coasting on the mound, striking out eight and allowing just one run on four hits through seven innings. But when he dug in at the plate, Jim Melfi was hard-pressed to get on base.

Champion man profiled in Runner’s World

At 250 pounds, Ken Smith was ready for a change.

Seven represent area in Ohio basketball game on Sunday

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Alex Gacek’s hat trick advances Phantoms

Right now, Alex Gacek could be finishing up his freshman year at Miami (Ohio). The Dracut, Mass., opted to come back for a second stint with the Youngstown Phantoms instead of becoming a RedHawk.

Poland hands Canfield its first loss

She had reached base by way of a walk and fielder’s choice in her previous two at bats, but when Emily Chandler stepped to the plate in the top of the seventh inning she had to get a hit.

Gabriel is ‘pitcher perfect’

By MATTHEW PEASLEE mpeaslee@vindy.com Many dreams have already come true for Poland’s Erin

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Ursuline continues well-rounded season with win over Struthers

Raiders’ standout impressed by Akron’s coaches and facilities

As an elementary student at the old McGuffey school in Warren, Anita Brown received a promise from her teacher, P.J. Notar.

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Western Reserve holds off Lowellville’s big rally

In the first four innings of its baseball game with Lowellville, Western Reserve was pretty clean.

McRae blocks out any issues

Freshman at OWU sets school record

By MATTHEW PEASLEE mpeaslee@vindy.com DELAWARE Behind her trademarked goggles, LaNiece McRae

Chaney graduate Cavanaugh is pleased to be back

By Matthew Peaslee mpeaslee@vindy.com Youngstown The first question posed by a St. Christine

NYPL all-star game is focus

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, more affectionately known as the Mid-Summer Classic, is held the second week of July. Even though the Class A New York-Penn League’s version rolls around in the middle of August, plans for its All-Star Game began right as last season ended.

Harding lands in final after back-to-back gut-wrenchers

Harding lands in final after back-to-back gut-wrenchers By Matthew Peaslee mpeaslee@vindy.com

Harding defense comes up big

Rasuan Smith has made plenty of steals in his 18 years of playing basketball — he’ll be sure to remind you of that.

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Harding back in regional

Harding back in regional

While being interviewed following Warren Harding’s district final win over Green in Alliance, an assistant coach whispered into Steve Arnold’s ear, telling him that Mentor had defeated Brush in the Euclid district final.

The Madness is here again

At Kansas State University, Bakery Science is offered as a degree program. Puppetry is a major at

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Newton Falls takes control of fiesty Irish

Newton Falls takes control of fiesty Irish

Matt Brazin and Cody Dillon of the Newton Falls boys basketball team sport neon orange Nike shoes in every game.

United girls take aggressive approach to D-III regional

United girls take aggressive approach to D-III regional

By MATTHEW PEASLEE mpeaslee@vindy.com HANOVERTON As the 2011-12 season was just about to get

Canfield delivers in upset of Ravenna

West Branch survives over Poland for showdown with Cardinals By Matthew peaslee


Canfield graduate Bryanne Halfhill is senior leader on unbeaten UC basketball team By MATTHEW


GOLDEN GRAZIANI Boardman’s senior and seven other area wrestlers hope for state glory By

Three D-II wrestlers advance

By MATTHEW PEASLEE mpeaslee@vindy.com ALLIANCE A bruised right hand and a stinging left

Canfield’s new-look defense stuns Rockets at D2 sectional

Niles overwhelmed by undefeated Ravenna

Tournament time

Lowellville and Ursuline among top seeds By MATTHEW PEASLEE mpeaslee@vindy.com BEAVER TWP.

YSU continues to support Game of Hope

By MATTHEW PEASLEE mpeaslee@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN He was fresh out of college, in his low-20s

Crestview holds strong in victory

By Matthew Peaslee mpeaslee@vindy.com NEW WATERFORD The Crestview High girls basketball team

Mahone, Davis brothers make it official

Fitch running back Will Mahone loves everything about Notre Dame.

Canfield teammates soon to become rivals in MAC

By MATTHEW PEASLEE mpeaslee@vindy.com CANFIELD Four the past four years Jordan Italiano and

Zach Zidian picks Duquesne

By MATTHEW PEASLEE mpeaslee@vindy.com BOARDMAN Zach Zidian is all about moving forward. The

Proof that hard work pays off

Youngstown State’s Blake Allen named Horizon player of the week following two big victories

Team USA bests Phantoms again

By matthew Peaslee mpeaslee@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN When two of the Phantoms’ best players were



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